Physical Education Position Statements

Physical Education Is an Academic Subject New!

SHAPE America's Position: It is SHAPE America’s position that physical education is an academic subject.

Physical Education Is Critical to Educating the Whole Child

SHAPE America's Position: Physical education is critical to educating the whole child, and that all students in grades K-12 should receive physical education on a daily basis.

Code of Conduct for P-12 Physical Education Teachers

SHAPE America's Position: It is the position of the SHAPE America that each physical education professional is responsible for achieving competency of integrity of practice as demonstrated through respectful behaviors toward students and colleagues.

Highly Qualified Adapted Physical Education Teacher
Appropriate Uses of Fitness Measurement

SHAPE America's Position: This position statement outlines key guidelines for ensuring the proper use of fitness measurement in relation to national standards and developmentally appropriate instruction.

Eligibility Criteria for Adapted Physical Education Services

SHAPE America's Position: students be considered eligible for adapted pe services if their comprehensive score is 1.5 standard deviations below the mean on a norm-referenced test or other tests of physical and motor fitness

Scope and Sequence of Fitness Education for PreK-12 Programs
A Position on Minimal Skill and Fitness-Based Competencies for Pre-Service Physical Educators

SHAPE America's Position: assessment of teacher candidates’ physical skills, performance competence and health related fitness to ensure best practices in Physical Education Teachers Education programs.

Code of Ethics for Professionals in Higher Education

SHAPE America's Position: Professionals should treat each student’s suggestion(s) with respect, regardless of the student’s level of development.

Appropriate Use of Instructional Technology in Physical Education

SHAPE America's Position: Technology can be an effective tool for supplementing instruction when used appropriately.

Appropriate Maximum Class Length for Elementary Physical Education

SHAPE America's Position: The length of the daily class period was described as “appropriate to the needs and maturation of the learner” with 30 minutes as the suggested minimum.

College/University Physical Activity Instruction Programs

SHAPE America's Position: All colleges and universities uphold a physical activity instructional program for students as a strong and integral part of the academic curriculum.

Initial Guidelines for Online Physical Education

SHAPE America's Position: At this point in time, online physical education is an exciting and attractive, yet untested, alternative method to delivering quality physical education.

What Constitutes a Highly Qualified Physical Education Teacher

SHAPE America's Position: It is critical to have highly qualified physical education teachers delivering a standards-based curriculum that will assist children in adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyles.

Position on Dodgeball in Physical Education

SHAPE America's Position: Dodgeball is not an appropriate activity for K-12 school physical education programs

Opposing Substitution and Waiver/Exemptions For Required Physical Education

SHAPE America's Position: All K-12 students should take all required physical education courses and that no substitutions, waivers, or exemptions should be permitted.

Physical Activity and Fitness Recommendations for Physical Activity Professionals

SHAPE America's Position: Participation in regular physical activity at a level sufficient to promote health-related physical fitness is an essential behavior for professionals in all fields of physical activity at all levels.

Co-Curricular Physical Activity and Sport Programs for Middle School Students

SHAPE America's Position: All middle school students should have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of organized sports and physical activities through intramurals, clubs, and school-sponsored co-curricular programs.

Physical Education is Critical to a Complete Education

SHAPE America's Position: Physical education plays a critical role in educating the whole student. Research supports the importance of movement in educating both mind and body.

Looking at Physical Education from a Developmental Perspective: A Guide to Teaching

SHAPE America's Position: The document centers on developmentally appropriate physical education practices for elementary school-aged children. Similar documents are being developed for teachers of preschool- and middle school-aged children.